Congratulations to the latest Award Winners

 How they used their Awards:

THE GILLIAN PURVIS AWARD  to a fourth year student of Fashion and Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art £750

Poppy Camden, Fashion Design student, received the 2018 Award to travel to London to source specialist fabric and it enabled her to present her degree show to an industrial standard representing her style and vision as a designer.  Her work is inspired by current affairs, politically and socially, their effects on humans, responses they provoke and how the constant stream of information is managed in a digital age.  She captures these ideas through fashion, informed by sculptures and print she first creates for each garment.

Franz Maggs, the 2017 winner, Fashion Design, attracted to the dramatic silhouettes such as Dior and Balenciaga, as well as contours of 18th and 19th century clothing, mixes these styles with dark and often morbid themes, such as horror movies and Victorian mourning practices.  Having taken a one-year deferment in third year for financial reasons, the Award supported the realisation of Franz's garments for his degree show.  His final collection comprised avant-garde and wearable pieces.

GILLIAN PURVIS AWARD FOR NEW WRITING £1,500 to a student of creative writing at The University of Glasgow, The University of Strathclyde or The Glasgow School of Art

Martin Cathcart Froden and Angela Spoto both benefitted from the Award in 2018.  Martin plans to travel to the fortified city of Palmanova to pursue his research for his PhD We make space and spaces make us,  exploring how the shape of a place might shape a person and vice versa.  He hopes also to visit the Architectural Biennale in Venice to continue his research.  Angela's project The Grief Nurse, is a fantasy novel on themes of mental illness, grief and family, exploring the question "what is the purpose of suffering?"  An American, visa restrictions permit only part-time work during her doctorate which the award will support and assist with travel costs relating to her research.

Agata Maslowska, 2017 winner, travelled to Prague, Amsterdam and Madrid, allowing her first-hand research to increase authenticity to her novel Homeland Variations.   Exploring multilingualism, cultural and linguistic displacement, it merges voices of migrants into one narrative.  Agata's research trip led to her re-drafting her novel before submitting for her PhD.  She is now seeking a publisher.

GILLIAN PURVIS AWARD FOR TRAVEL FOR PRIMARY RESEARCH  to a third year student of Fashion or Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art £500

Karin Tokunaga, student of printed textiles was working on a project translating sounds into visual language to create her printed fabrics.  Aiming to research electronic music and consider how to use soundwaves, she made the most of her 2018 Award by travelling to Norberg Music Festival and Gothenburg Botanical Gardens where the Japanese garden design inspired her to merge the visual research gathered with the environment of club music for her printed designs. 

In 2017, Paula Vogels, student of weave walked the West Highland Way, studying landscape and botanicals before travelling on to the Isle of Skye and then the Isle of Harris.  She visited the Harris Tweed Weavers, where the idea for her dissertation "sprung to life".  Intrigued by the rhythm of weaving, she undertook an ethnological study of Gaelic weaving and waulking songs.

GILLIAN PURVIS TRAVEL BURSARIES to third year students of Fashion Business or International Fashion Branding at Glasgow Caledonian University to support international academic exchange  £500 - £1,000

Bryony Muir and  Kirsty Binning, on the International Fashion Branding BA course, are both spending a semester in 2018 at California State Long Beach University.  

In 2017, Eryn McEwan, International Fashion Branding student took great benefit from a five-month academic exchange at Brooklyn College, New York.  A highlight was meeting Mark Weber, CEO of LVMH who invited her to attend his talk at the Coterie trade show in Manhattan.






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